ERIC Number: ED050202
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-May
Reference Count: 0
Human Resources for Human Services in the Ghetto--An Experience in Summer Camping.
Goroff, Norman N.
This paper deals with a tragedy in the field of human services. The tragedy lies in the fact that a program with a fair modicum of success will not be continued because the decision-makers in the state government concerned with this area decided with insufficient justification to end this program after the summer of 1968. Six hundred boys, nine to 14 years of age, from the poverty ghettos of Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, and Stamford, Connecticut, were served during that summer in a sleep-away camp in the heart of the Connecticut Valley resort area. Camp PAART (Poverty Area Adolescent Recreation and Training Program) was staffed by 15 senior counselors and 60 junior counselors, 16 to 19 years old, from the same ghetto areas. The financial support came from an insurance company, a national foundation, a business and commerce council, a local trade association, and the State of Connecticut. The camp program served two groups: the junior counselors who, in addition to the opportunities involved in providing a service, earned a good weekly salary; and, the 600 campers. The dramatic changes that occurred in the junior counselors when they had the opportunity to help others opened new visions of the future for themselves. The program also demonstrated the viability of people with personal problems helping others with similar problems. Camp PAART was deemed a success. (Author)
Norman N. Goroff, School of Social Work, University of Connecticut, West Hartford, Conn. 06117 (Cost not known)
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Identifiers: Camp Paart CT; Connecticut
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Social Welfare, New York City, May 28, 1969